The Future of Religion in America
AEI Newsletter

In Religion and the American Future (AEI Press, April 2008), edited by Christopher DeMuth and Yuval Levin, a group of distinguished scholars examines the constant tug of war between secularism and religion in America and explores what this tension will mean for the country in the future. In contrast to a predominantly secular Europe, the United States continues to experience conflict between secularism and religion that keeps Americans "constantly in contact with our founding ideals, secular and religious alike," according to Levin's introductory essay.

The volume is based on papers and discussion from a 2006 AEI conference organized by AEI's W. H. Brady Program in Culture and Freedom. Contributors include John C. Green, Douglas W. Kmiec, Roger Kimball, and Marcello Pera, as well as AEI scholars Michael Novak, Leon R. Kass, David Gelernter, Michael S. Greve, and Charles Murray.

The authors address the relationship of religion to the major secular institutions--politics, science, the law, and art--because, Levin writes, "religion has become the chief foil of every prominent secular institution in America." Despite predictions that America would follow in Europe's footsteps to become a secular society, religion has remained powerful in the United States. Therefore, the contributors do not question whether religion will survive in America but instead ponder what its future will look like and how it will shape our civic life.

"No one secret can explain this resilience of American religion," Levin writes, but the contributors to Religion and the American Future recognize the constructive tension that exists between the religious and the secular. "The secular is a legitimate regime, with its own special autonomy, rules and privileges," writes Novak, "but also with its own responsibilities and self-inflicted limitations."

For more information about this book, visit www.aei.org/book928/.

Also Visit
AEIdeas Blog The American Magazine

What's new on AEI

Rebuilding American defense: A speech by Governor Bobby Jindal
image Smelling liberal, thinking conservative
image Stopping Ebola before it turns into a pandemic
image All too many reasons for pessimism about Europe
AEI on Facebook
Events Calendar
  • 20
    MON
  • 21
    TUE
  • 22
    WED
  • 23
    THU
  • 24
    FRI
Monday, October 20, 2014 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Warfare beneath the waves: The undersea domain in Asia

We welcome you to join us for a panel discussion of the undersea military competition occurring in Asia and what it means for the United States and its allies.

Event Registration is Closed
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 | 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
AEI Election Watch 2014: What will happen and why it matters

AEI’s Election Watch is back! Please join us for two sessions of the longest-running election program in Washington, DC. 

Event Registration is Closed
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
What now for the Common Core?

We welcome you to join us at AEI for a discussion of what’s next for the Common Core.

Thursday, October 23, 2014 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Brazil’s presidential election: Real challenges, real choices

Please join AEI for a discussion examining each candidate’s platform and prospects for victory and the impact that a possible shift toward free-market policies in Brazil might have on South America as a whole.

No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.